Tuesday 21 November 2017

Silent discos, art and theatre how's that grub you?

Brian McDonald

ALL this art, theatre, literature . . . it's really just kids' stuff. Or at least it is in Galway.

More than 10,000 youngsters have been thronging venues across the City of the Tribes, catching the excitement of the Children's Festival, Baboro.

Shows, exhibitions, workshops and readings by a variety of characters from well-loved tales have pulled schools and families from across the west to the annual event.

Yesterday was particularly special for children from two schools on the Aran Islands, Scoil Eoin Pol and Scoil Ronain, as they flew to Galway for an unforgettable day.

The redoubtable 'Very Hungry Caterpillar' proved a massive hit with pre-school children as the tale held them spellbound at the Town Hall theatre.

"I liked the colours, but the best bit was when the caterpillar changed into a cocoon," was the verdict of four-year-old Jade Grealy from Moycullen.

Today a number of characters from favourite children's books will lead youngsters and their parents on a trip through the city centre in search of their own individual story.

Count Olaf ('A Series of Unfortunate Events), the Lost Uncle ('Letters from a Lost Uncle'), along with Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker ('James and the Giant Peach') will all put their faith in the children to guide them to designated bookshops where the three stories are on display in the front window.

This evening two silent discos for children will take place.

Tomorrow will bring the curtain down on the festival, with record numbers already assured for the 80-plus shows on offer.

Irish Independent

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